Oregon Ends Historic Season at NCAA Play-In

May 5, 2012

EUGENE, Ore.- The University of Oregon lacrosse team took the lead with a little over 13 minutes left in regulation, but was not able to hold on as they fell to Navy, 10-9 in overtime, on Saturday afternoon at Pape' Field.

The Midshipmen (18-2) raced out to an early 4-0 advantage and did not allow the Ducks (14-5) to break through with a goal until senior Jess Drummond found the back of the net at the 15:13 mark.

Oregon got three more goals from sophomores Hayley Milner, Nikki Puszcz and another from Je. Drummond to tie the match up, forcing Navy to call a timeout.

Navy got the last goal of the half off the stick of Aimee Gennaro to take a 5-4 lead into the intermission.

After being held to just one first-half goal, Navy's Jasmine DePompeo tallied the second half's first two goals to go ahead 7-4.

But the Ducks fought back behind goals from Puszcz, sophomore Sami Kiser and seniorJana Drummond to knot the match up at 7-7 with 16:21 left in the stanza.

The Midshipmen earned the draw control after the goal and got shots from Kathy Young and Jess Fellows, but sophomore Caroline Federighi recorded saves on the shots.

The Ducks picked up the good clear attempt and sophomore Shannon Propst gave UO their only lead of the match, 8-7, at 13:38.

Oregon got the draw control and attempted to get a transition goal to add to their lead off the stick of senior Kristina Barrett, but it just missed as it hit off the crossbar.

Propst added one more addition to the Duck lead at 9:43 off a pass from Ja. Drummond, giving Oregon a 9-7 lead.

Navy head coach Cindy Timchal called a timeout after the goal.

Out of the timeout, the Ducks earned the draw control and the Mids fouled, but Ja. Drummond, who drew heavy pressure the whole match, was hammered and turned over the ball due to that pressure from Beth Young.

Oregon fouled twice setting up a free-position shot for Young, who notched the goal for the Mids, bringing the match to 9-8.

Navy got the next draw control and following a shot by Loren Generi that was saved Federighi, the Ducks got the ball back, but Brijet Mall caused senior Dom Christiansen to turn the ball over.

From there DePompeo connected on a shot to tie the match up at 9-9 with 4:46 remaining in the second half.

Both teams had one solid look apiece to give their team the victory, but neither converted, forcing the match into overtime.

The overtime match was the first of the season for both teams.

The Ducks did not have a shot in overtime as Gennaro sealed the 10-9 win for the Mids at 3:04.

Oregon was led by two goals each from Propst, Puszcz and Je. Drummond. Christiansen and Ja. Drummond tallied two assists apiece.

Navy was paced by DePompeo's four goals and three from Gennaro.

In goal, Federighi was charged with the loss, sending her season record to 14-4, despite tying her season-high in saves with 13. With 11 saves, Michelle Verbeeck picked up the win, moving to 8-0.